Baxter frustrated by Boars yellow peril

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BROMSGOVE head coach Ross Baxter has demanded his players cut out the dismissals which are costing them dearly.

Baxter has become frustrated as eight yellow cards in three successive defeats has de-railed their efforts in the National Two North.

Saturday’s narrow 29-28 loss at Leicester Lions illustrated his point as they paid the price for the sin-binnings of Chris MacGregor and Tom Warren.

Despite the dismissals, Bromsgrove could have picked up a third win only to squander a slender lead late on.

Baxter said: “We’re conceding soft yellow cards, by which I mean the players could have made another decision and avoided them.

“It’s a lack of discipline but we’re aware of the problem and doing our best to address it.

“On Saturday, we had Chris MacGregor binned for a tip-tackle in the first minute and Tom Warren for a punch late on, both were unnecessary and we conceded 15 points when they were off the pitch.”

But Baxter did not just blame the slew of sin-binnings for the defeat, which was the second game in succession they have surrendered a narrow advantage in the dying moments.

He added: “To take the positives we’ve worked hard on our away performances and have come close to getting something.

“We’ve lacked a bit of composure in the final 10 minutes and it’s frustrating because we’ve had possession but it’s all for nothing if we don’t go on to win the match.”

The Boars return to Finstall Park aiming to get back on track with the visit of newly-promoted Darlington Mowden Park on Saturday (3pm ko).

Like Bromsgrove last year, the North East outfit have built their solid start on strong home performances.

Baxter said: “Darlington remind me of how we started last year with good performances at home.

“We must put the pressure on Darlington and ask questions of them and see how deal with us.”

Bromsgrove have no new injury worries ahead of Saturday’s home clash.

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